If you are always looking for ways to save money like me, why not begin in the bathroom. There are a lot of ways to save money in this small area of your house that are right under our noses.
Tips to save money in the bathroom
- Toilet Tank – Take an empty bottle of soda and fill with water. After a flush, place the bottle into the toilet tank. After each flush it will reduce the amount of water needed to refill the tank by the size of the bottle.
- Shower heads – Install a low-flow shower head. It sounds worse than it is. Some low-flow shower heads have very good pressure as air is mixed in to force the water out. Read what you are buying and save the receipt in case it does not meet the expectations on the box.
- Shower – Reduce the amount of hot water you use by a little. If you use hot water to keep warm, which may also cause longer showers, think about a space heater in the bathroom. By keeping the exterior air warmer in the smaller space should allow you to turn the hot water down and possibly take shorter showers. Also your skin will thank you. Another consideration is a military shower. If you are not familiar with the concept, it is when you turn the water off while you soap and shampoo and then turn it back on to rinse off. On average this could save 10-15 gallons of water per shower.
- Sink – Only have the water running when you need it. Do not let the water run when you are brushing or shaving.
- Bath Towels – Reduce the amount of times you wash your towels by reusing them more than once. If you hang your towel rather than throwing it on the floor, it may be a little more enticing to use a few more times. Remember, bath towels are used to dry clean water off your body.
- Soap – Save money by buying bar soap in bulk. If you use a liquid soap around the sink, buy that in bulk as well and then just refill the container.
- Toilet Paper – Probably one of the biggest expenses in the bathroom. Always buy in bulk. Use less toilet paper when wiping, 3-4 sheets should suffice. If you have younger children, you could try teaching them the proper way to avoid additional toilet paper waste.
- Toiletries – Away on a trip. Consider collecting the freebies the hotel lays out. These may or may not be great products, but you can still use them when you get home to save your own supplies. Also think about keeping these as travel size supplies for future trips. When you buy travel size the per unit price is insane.
Save money with these cleaning tips
- Put your bar of soap on a sponge to keep the soap goo from gathering making it harder and more costly to clean.
- If you use a powder cleanser like comet, close off a few holes to prevent excess powder to spill.
- Do not throw away old toothbrushes. These are very handy for those little nooks and crannies. And no I am not referring to English muffins.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner – I will warn you that I never tried this myself but heard that if you sprinkle baking powder over the inside of the bowl then add a little vinegar, after a few minutes it will begin to foam up. At that point you can scrub with a toilet brush and then flush.